9125.1 Personnel and Negotiations – Staff Conduct – Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Drug and Alcohol Abuse


The use and unlawful possession of illicit drugs and alcohol by employees of the District is wrong, harmful, and inconsistent with the District’s primary mission of educating students. The Board of Education is committed to the prevention of alcohol and illicit drug use/abuse. Throughout this policy, the phrase “alcohol, illicit drugs, and other substances” shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following substances: alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP, amphetamines, heroin, steroids, look-alikes, and those substances commonly referred to as “designer drugs”. To further this Policy, compliance with the following Standards of Conduct by employees of the District is


A. All Employees
While on school grounds or at school-sponsored events, no employee shall use, possess, sell, distribute, or be under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs, or other substances. The use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and the unauthorized or inappropriate use, sale, or distribution of prescription and over-the-counter drugs on school grounds or at school-sponsored events by employees is also prohibited.

B. Federal Grant Employees

  1. Employees directly engaged in the performance of work under the
    provisions of a federal grant (“Federal Grant Employees”) shall not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of controlled substances while on school grounds, at school-sponsored activities, and at any other time that the employee is acting within the scope of his or her employment duties. “Controlled substances” are defined in the federal Controlled Substances Act and include drugs which are illegal because they have no legitimate medical purpose and drugs that have legitimate medical uses but are highly addictive.
  2. In addition, as a condition of continued employment, Federal Grant Employees must report any criminal conviction for a workplace drug violation to the Director of Personnel within five days of the conviction. The term “conviction” means a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contendere) or imposition of sentence, or both, by any judicial body charged with responsibility to determine violations of state or federal criminal drug statutes.


A. Discipline
Any employee found to have violated the Standards of Conduct shall be
disciplined. The measure of discipline may include verbal or written counseling, reprimand, suspension, or termination of employment. The measure of discipline will be determined after an inquiry into the circumstances of each case. Among the circumstances considered will be the nature and quantity of the substance involved, the employee’s prior performance record, the nature of the employee’s conduct (including whether students or minors are included), the strength of the evidence, and the extent of public knowledge of the incident. Discipline will be consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, and with applicable collective bargaining agreements.

B. Referral to Law Enforcement Agencies
The District will report to appropriate law enforcement agencies incidents that appear to involve a violation of local, state, or federal law.

C. Counseling and Rehabilitation
Without regard to, and independent of, its decision to impose discipline, the
District may require an employee who violates the Standards of Conduct to
complete a substance abuse or rehabilitation program. Refusal to participate in, or failure to successfully complete a substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program may itself be grounds for discipline.


A. Goals
The District shall establish and maintain a drug-free awareness program, utilizing community resources and expertise where available. The goals of the program will be to inform employees about:

  1. the dangers of drug abuse in the workplace;
  2. the District’s policy of maintaining a drug-free workplace;
  3. any available drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance
    programs; and
  4. the penalties that may be imposed upon employees for drug violations

B. Referral List
The Personnel Director shall prepare a list of drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs to District employees. The list shall include addresses, telephone numbers, and, where known, the names of appropriate contact persons.

C. Availability of the Counseling
Employees found to have violated the Standards of Conduct shall be provided
with a list of available drug and alcohol rehabilitation counseling, and other
support services, by the Personnel Office.


A. The Personnel Office will distribute to each current employee a copy of the
District’s Policy Regarding Drug and Alcohol Abuse by Employees. Each new
employee will be given a copy of the Policy on or before their first day of active employment, and shall acknowledge in writing their receipt of the policy.

B. Federal Grant Employees
Federal Grant Employees will acknowledge, in writing, receipt of the Policy
and these regulations and attendance at the District’s Drug-Free Awareness

Update Presentation: 1/6/99
First Vote: 1/20/99
Second Vote: 2/3/99